Tamping mulch?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by nick2765, Jul 3, 2013.

  1. nick2765

    nick2765 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 84

    Do any of you guys tamp the mulch after its spread or do you just spread it and leave it?
  2. trock

    trock LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 431

    Sometimes we tamp it if its in an area that it may move. But for the most part we spread and rake.
  3. Tunica

    Tunica LawnSite Member
    Messages: 124

    Never beyond the borders, why compact it anywhere else the customer prolly will think your ripping them off. When you say 3 inches of mulch they expect 3 inches not 3 inches compressed to two.
  4. orangemower

    orangemower LawnSite Silver Member
    from pa
    Messages: 2,768

    I normally don't tell them how deep the mulch will be. I just let them know I'll paint up a new flowerbed for them. :)
  5. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 15,128

    Never heard of it, nor would I do it.
  6. Tunica

    Tunica LawnSite Member
    Messages: 124

    You have to be very clear here what you are doing. There so many scamming folks doing mulch. Here you have guys selling it by the bushel basket telling people that it will cover so much etc. Then when they are finished the 15 dollar per bushel runs up to 200 or 300 hundred where a yard could of done it for 60.

    The always drive pickups with a huge mound of mulch in the back that never runs out! I wonder why...
  7. dKoester

    dKoester LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,327

    This practice is used around boarders and is the correct way. It locks in the mulch and keeps it from moving.
  8. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 15,128

    Oh crap, I've been installing mulch the wrong way for over 30 years.

    I better let my father know, he's been doing it wrong since 1962.

    Better give a refund to all our customers as well. Since '62.

    Actually, I have a question dKoester.

    Why do you tamp around people staying in your home? If you're going to attempt to tell me I'm doing something wrong, please attempt to spell it correctly.
  9. mag360

    mag360 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,445

    Correct. It also makes a cut edge look better
  10. 93Chevy

    93Chevy LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 38,368

    For new installs no, but yearly enhancements, after the subcontractors blow the mulch on, we run a 24" plate compactor over the beds, and then run plastic rakes over it to fluff it up.

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